Art

February 27, 2009
My students painted, and then had to show me their hands!

My students painted, and then had to show me their hands!

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Innocence

February 26, 2009
Galong and Dao swinging during our Lumpini Park adventure

Galong and Dao swinging during our Lumpini Park adventure


Mr. Big

February 25, 2009

By Deborah

We are creatures of habit, and as such, I form daily habits while here at Mercy too~ the New Normal.  So it is that every day after I eat lunch in the Canteen upstairs, I wander into the Mercy house where Mr. Big, age five months, currently lives. He is usually hanging out with his caregiver, the housemom, on the open-air deck outside the dorm.  She clearly adores him.

His name is laughable.  I know because I bought him a newborn-sized kimono shirt and newborn diapers, and he swims in them.  I sit quietly by his housemom’s side and talk to him for a few minutes each day.  Today I sang Itsy Bitsy Spider to him and he tracked my hand movements: round, dark eyes staring up at this farang who speaks to him in a language he hasn’t heard before.  He seemed to like the song.

Is he sick?  I dunno.  I haven’t asked. Maybe.


Chevron comes to Klong Toey

February 24, 2009

Every year, Chevron’s Thailand division puts on a big party for the Mercy kids. Today was that party. The KFC chicken sang and danced with the kids, as did the Chevron guy. The children loved it!

Some of the 500 children at the party put on by Chevron today

Some of the 500 children at the party put on by Chevron today

The Chevron guy arrives

The Chevron guy arrives

KFC Chicken arrives to sing and dance with the kids

KFC Chicken arrives to sing and dance with the kids


Facing my phobia

February 23, 2009

By Deborah

Today a 10-foot python was found roaming the grounds around Mercy.  Since Thais are Buddhists, they will not kill any living thing ~so it was calmly caught in a burlap bag and driven out to the jungle.  Yikes.


Dancin’ to Frank Sinatra

February 22, 2009

By Deborah

John and I took five Mercy kids to Lumpini Park on Sunday. The children played on the swings, careened down slides,  and road on paddleboats in the lake. We picked up a barbecue chicken feast at a popular outdoor restaurant and went back to John’s house to eat.  The boys played catch in the street outside his house, the girls colored, and we ended the afternoon with a dance-off in John’s living room!

John and Tukattan rocking out to Fly Me to the Moon ~

John and Tukattan rocking out to Fly Me to the Moon ~


Sister Joan

February 20, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

I spent yesterday with my friend Sister Joan.  This retired seventy-something Australian nun could be livin’ the good life, but instead has spent the last 15+ years living in the poorest slums in Bangkok and handing out milk to babies. If you want somewhere to donate those last two cents you have ~you won’t find a worthier cause:

http://www.sisterjoan.info/

Love, Deb